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On Tuesday 11th December 2018 there will be a pre-Christmas RSE drinks event, 4pm-7pm, further details to follow.

Research Software Community Lunchtime Talks

The Research Software Community lunchtime talks are an informal forum for members of the community to share experiences and learn about new tools and techniques which might benefit their own work, as well as provide an opportunity for members of the community to network over lunch. The talks will typically take place at 1pm-1.45pm on Thursdays and you are welcome to bring along your own food.

The current schedule of talks can be found below. If you are interested in giving a talk, please get in touch with us.

Jan Rose - "Accelerating image-based finite difference methods using GPUs"

Thursday 29th November, 13:00-13:45, Huxley Building, Lecture Theatre 144

Image processing software like Photoshop uses convolutions to, for example, blurr an image. These operations can be executed and their effect rendered in real time due to acceleration by a GPU. The computational threads work nearly completely in parallel, because the updated value of each pixel depends only on the current value of itself and its neighbours. That should sounds familiar to anyone doing numerical simulations, because it is an explicit finite difference scheme. In fact, blurring an image using a Gaussian kernel is almost like solving the heat equation.

In this talk we will see how to exploit the data locality of the finite difference stencil using CUDA/C++. The model problem will be the diffusion equation, solved on a stack of microscopy images, to model transport in biological tissue.

About the speaker: Jan is a PhD student at the Department of Aeronautics. He has ventured away from aerospace applications and is now collaborating with the Royal Brompton hospital on numerical simulations in cardiac tissue to better understand how disease can be observed in an MRI scanner. 

Krishnakumar Gopalakrishnan - "Building and collaborating on your research documents using modern cloud technologies"

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 16:00-18:00 (including Christmas social event), Room details TBC

Writing that killer research article with your colleagues to fetch your research group that coveted publication? Writing that heavy tome a.k.a Ph.D thesis and showing off your LaTeX skills? Are you hamstrung by traditional typesetting systems?
 
This talk explores how researchers can leverage modern cloud technologies for building your research documents (written in the LaTeX format) in the cloud with proper VCS-stamping in the document footer. The talk explores the limits of current commercial cloud based document-building platforms and presents a bespoke workflow that the author has successfully used in his (rather large) Ph.D. thesis. A live demonstration of the workflow shall be presented showing how researchers may adapt current best practices that are deep-rooted in the software industry to help catapult the manuscript writing process into the 21st century.

About the speaker: Krishnakumar Gopalakrishnan is a recent PhD graduate (on Lithium Ion battery Modelling) from Imperial College London and has 5+ years of industry experience in modelling, simulation and control of dynamic systems. In the past, he has developed and delivered courses for Imperial College London in the EdX MooC platform and is presently serving as a teaching assistant in the Computational Methods Hub at Imperial, developing and teaching courses on scientific computing. He is also a recognised instructor for the Software Carpentry, a global non-profit volunteer organisation that aims to empower academic researchers with essential software principles.

External Events

As well as events organised by the Research Software Community, the following external events may also be of interest to community members:

COLLABORATIONS WORKSHOP 2019 (CW19) - 1st-3rd APRIL 2019, LOUGHBOROUGH, UK
See https://www.software.ac.uk/cw19 for more information.

RSLondonSouthEast2019 - THURSDAY 7th FEBRUARY 2019, LONDON, UK
See https://rslondon.ac.uk/rslse-2019/ for more information.


PREVIOUS EXTERNAL EVENTS

9th INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE SOFTWARE FOR SCIENCE: PRACTICE AND EXPERIENCES (WSSSPE6.1)
See http://wssspe.researchcomputing.org.uk/wssspe6-1/call-for-submissions/ for more information.

3rd CONFERENCE OF RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEERS (RSE2018) - 3rd-4th SEPTEMBER 2018, BIRMINGHAM, UK
See http://rse.ac.uk/conf2018/ for more information.

COLLABORATIONS WORKSHOP 2018 (CW18) - 26th-28th MARCH 2018, CARDIFF, UK
See https://www.software.ac.uk/cw18 for more information.

2nd CONFERENCE OF RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEERS (RSE2017) - 7th-8th SEPTEMBER 2017, MANCHESTER, UK
See http://rse.ac.uk/conf2017/ for more information.

SOFTWARE SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE COLLABORATIONS WORKSHOP 2017 - 27-29 MARCH 2017, LEEDS, UK
See https://www.software.ac.uk/cw17 for more information.